Congressman pays visit to Lehigh Valley Writing Project

July 29, 2009

United States Rep. Charlie Dent visited the Lehigh Valley Writing Project (LVWP) on Monday, July 20, to participate with 20 area teachers in the project's summer institute demonstration about learning math through writing. The LVWP, based at Penn State Lehigh Valley's Corporate Learning Center in Bethlehem, is the local site of the National Writing Project.

"Since the National Writing Project is a federally-funded program, our legislators play a key role in the continued operations of our national infrastructure and our individual site here in the Lehigh Valley," said Nancy Coco, LVWP director. "We were so pleased to host Congressman Dent on Monday and (we) thank him for his continued support, especially as we celebrate our 20th anniversary this year."

During his visit, Dent, a Penn State graduate, experienced a part of the LVWP Summer Writing Invitational Institute, a six-credit graduate experience emphasizing balanced literacy where participants are immersed in the writing process. The Institute is a teachers-teaching-teachers’ program based on the belief that through a process of collaborative inquiry, teachers can better address the educational issues of today’s classroom. Graduates of the Institute become certified National Writing Project Fellows.

"I am excited about the impact LVWP is having on the teachers and students in the 15th District and the surrounding area," said Dent. "Federal dollars appropriated to the National Writing Project, the only federally funded program that focuses on the teaching of writing, are an investment in our students' ability to compete with their peers in countries around the world."

For more information about the project, visit online.

  • Congressman Charlie Dent (center) joined local educators for a workshop at the Lehigh Valley Writing Project.

    IMAGE: Penn State

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